Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh - Image 515047 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-29-18

  A Quiet Morning Walk Fog, dew, quietness…perfect conditions for an early morning walk at Sweet Marsh.    Being a fellow who really enjoys a prairie, especially when early morning light is bringing it to life, I could not resist wandering through the wet wildflowers before my trek along the wetlands. I saw no plant …

American Lotus at Sweet Marsh - Image 514054 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-28-18

  Stopping to Smell the Flowers This morning – early and late – I spent time at Sweet Marsh. First I rode my bicycle to Sweet Marsh on the Sweet Water Trail. Once at the marsh I rode around on the dikes stopping to shoot pictures every now and then. As I rode past Marten’s …

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly at Sweet Marsh - Image 511417 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-4-18

  Odonata and Flora for Independence Day When we woke to warm and calm conditions on this July 4th holiday, I had to go paddling for a little while early this morning. Apparently others had the same idea since Marten’s Lake at Sweet Marsh had several people/vehicles in the parking area when I arrived.    …

Male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly and Twelve-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly at Sweet Marsh - Image 509836 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-24-18

  Hardly An Adequate Substitute Early this morning I was supposed to head north with a group of friends for a wilderness paddling adventure. Yesterday more important concerns happened that resulted in me staying back, at least for now.        To satisfy my desire to be on the water I hauled my kayak …

Killdeer Eggs at Sweet Marsh - Image 508198 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-3-18

  Getting Warmer This evening Kristy and I rode our bicycles to Sweet Marsh via the Sweet Water Trail. Our journey was at a comfortable pace and a nice outing. Once we arrived at the Wapsipinicon River, we decided to ride the dikes at Sweet Marsh to view the repairs being made to the dike …

Raccoon Swimming at Sweet Marsh - Image 507697 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-30-18

  Backyard Conflict and an Unexpected Swimmer Our nest box that I hung a little more than a week ago has become a source of conflict. What could have been an unassuming nesting location for house wrens is now the site of violent avian battles. At least one male house sparrow has been relentlessly harassing …

Male Yellow-heaeded Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 506256 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-19-18

  Not So Lonely After All For several weeks I have enjoyed the distant company of a lone male yellow-headed blackbird at Sweet Marsh. Each time I paddle or ride my bike at the marsh I hear him calling, I wonder what it must be like to be the only bird of a species in …

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 505779 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-18-18

  A Very Special, Very Pretty Spot Following a day of dealing with the “C word” (cancer), out-patient surgery, doctor’s appointments, and waiting on insurance, I needed a super-sized nature fix. With the nearby Sweet Marsh and Wapsipinicon River watershed encompassing thousands of acres, I had plenty of places I could go to clear my …

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504952 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-14-18

  Just What the Doctor Ordered and A Marsh Migration Bonanza Have you ever had one of those days that was a “ho hum” type of day? The sky was a cloudy gray, just like the participation portion of the day. Physically the day was not challenging. Emotionally, today was filled with deep thoughts covering …

Scarlet Tanager at Sweet Marsh - Image 504552 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-13-18

  An Incomplete Split Day On this Mother’s Day I have run out of time to share samples of the images recorded today. My shooting began early this morning, paused for much of the day, and then resumed during our Mother’s Day Marsh Migration event hosted by Crawdaddy Outdoors.  I have my morning images prepped …